Curt Byrum - February 26, 2012


Golf Channel Analyst Curt Byrum is following the Mark Wilson/Hunter Mahan semifinal match on Sunday and he said that the top story is the fact that both players are underrated and flying under the radar. He thinks that it is definitely possible that either Wilson or Mahan could end up winning today although many people think that McIlroy or Westwood will win.

Talking to Hunter Mahan’s caddie John Wood, Byrum found out how Mahan has not only switched putters but also adjusted his stance and pre-putt routine which has allowed him to be more comfortable on the greens. Mahan is clearly playing well as he is now in the Final Four.

He does not think that he can pick someone in the two semifinal matches who could be considered an upset winner because all four players have great games, are playing well, and have played well this week.

The narrowest and one of the most awkward tee shots is on the 10th hole. It is a long hole which forces players to hit driver and try to land their shot in a very narrow spot. The 11th hole is the same way where if you are just a little off, your tee shot will land in the desert. Because of the difficult tee shots and the potential for trouble, the start to the back nine will be a key stretch for anyone who goes on to win.

Looking back, it is hard to figure out which could be considered the biggest surprise of the week because match play by its nature is unpredictable. In short, it is hard to find surprises in a Match Play format.